Thursday, June 23, 2011

Roman Goddess Juno Matryoshka

Roman Goddess Juno Matryoshka

As you probably know by now, I welcome suggestions of nationality/ethnicity/culture to draw as Matryoshka. Ancient Roman was suggested, and as I researched I came across beautiful sculptures and paintings depicting the Roman Goddess Juno. As I read about her I knew she was the perfect choice to draw as my Roman Matryoshka! She is described as being associated with femininity, childbearing and marriage. Also, she is often depicted with a peacock, that is why I included the peacock feathers. I hope you like her! :)

13 comments:

nadine said...

She's beautiful Amy! Lovely work on the sheer veil. Is she holding an egg?

Amy Perrotti said...

Thank you Nadine! Actually she is holding a plate. He he. I started to give it depth but then decided against it because shading didn't fit with the rest of the illustration.
:)

lorenabr said...

Looks beautiful :) Wonderful you go in this direction as well! Would love to see all the roman and Greek gods!

Amy Perrotti said...

Thanks! She was really fun to draw. She may have to have a Goddess friend or two in the future. :)

SonatasWelt said...

She is wonderful!!! I love this Roman Matryoshka!!! Great illustration!!!
xoxo
Sonata

Amy Perrotti said...

Thank you Sonata! I'm glad you like her. :)

nadine said...

Ooops. I thought maybe an egg that was supposed to represent "childbearing". What does the plate symbolize?

Amy Perrotti said...

Yeah, that would be appropriate. I think the plate (patera) was used in rituals, possibly in sacrifice and that is why Juno is depicted holding it in sculptures and other artwork. I included it to symbolize how much women have sacrificed for others throughout history in the inequalities women have endured.

1129 said...

beautiful.... my grand grand grand grand mum! :) I was thinking about your matryoshka writing a post on kimiko yoshima, if you don't know this japanese photographer check it out, I think you will find it interesting :)
big hug nicoletta

Amy Perrotti said...

Thank you Nicoletta! I'm glad you like her! :)

Amy Perrotti said...

Thank you Nicoletta for telling me about the photographer Kimiko Yoshida! Her work is beautiful and her 2005 Self Portraits are particularly interesting to me. :)

1129 said...

I'm glad you liked it, and I'm sure that she will like your art if you write her, you are very different, but, for me, have a similar very feminine, respectful and special way to celebrate all the women in the world :)

Amy Perrotti said...

Thank you Nicoletta. You are very kind. :)